Graydon Rudolf Flippo

1930 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Graydon Rudolf Flippo Obituary
Graydon Rudolf Flippo October 16, 1930 - May 8, 2012 Graydon Rudolf Flippo was born October 16th, 1930 in Maysville, Oklahoma and went to be with his Lord May 8, 2012 with his wife and best friend Katheryn by his side. Graydon, the youngest of nine, was born to Ina and Ben Flippo. He spent his early years in Maysville where he attended local schools. Graydon excelled at many types of athletics, but particularly in basketball and baseball which he played at the high school and collegiate levels. Following his playing days, Graydon filled his appetite for his love of athletics by turning his focus to coaching boys and girl's high school basketball and baseball. Graydon also had many fond memories of playing golf with countless friends and played up until the age of 81, having fallen a few strokes short on a handful of occasions of shooting his age during a round of golf. Graydon also enjoyed watching basketball, baseball, and especially his beloved Oklahoma Sooners play football where after any loss he would proclaim, "Well, those boys must have partied a little too hard last night." Graydon joined the United States Army in 1951 then received an honarable discharge as a Sergeant 1st Class. Originally commissioned for a tour of duty in Korea during WW11, Graydon's commanding officer, who also just happened to be the unit basketball coach, decided to keep Graydon in Arlington, Virginia where Graydon's fortunes (and basketball talent) kept him stateside. Following his service to his country, Graydon attended East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma where he received his undergraduate and Master's Degree in Education. In 1955, while attending a movie, Graydon met his wife-to-be, Katheryn who was at the same theater on a date with another boy. Graydon and Katheryn were married August 17th, 1957 after a two-year courtship and were as devoted to each other from the first day of marriage until Graydon's passing. The example they set for those who knew and loved them during their 54-plus years of marriage proved their love and admiration for each other. Graydon took his first teaching position in El Paso, Texas and also had a teaching position in Norman, Oklahoma before moving to Bakersfield in 1965 where he taught 6th grade at Millie Munsey Elementary and also Junior High at Curran Jr. High. A devoted Christian, Graydon enjoyed spending time with his brothers and sisters in Christ at Westside Church of Christ, where the depth of knowledge and insight he had understanding God's word was astounding. Through the years God's love shined through him and he became a tremendous influence on all who knew him. Dad was full of goodness, kindness and compassion and had a wonderful and crazy sense of humor that could light up a room. He had the type of personality that attracted people to him and once you knew him, you never forgot him and were better for it. He taught us what it really meant to love your family through his support, encouragement and sacrifices that he made for his family on a daily basis. He enjoyed spending time with each and every one of us and in recent years cherished the time he spent with his great grandchildren. He was the most devoted husband, daddy, grandpa and great grandpa that anyone could ever hope to have. Words cannot express how much we will all miss him. Graydon is survived by his wife Katheryn, daughters Kim Rimmer and Melissa Michelau, grandchildren Dawn Rimmer, Austin Rimmer and Alyssia Rimmer and great granchildren Dakota Oliver, Gavyn and Trenton Craig all of Bakersfield. A memorial service followed by a reception will be held at 1:00pm, Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at Westside Church of Christ located at 7300 Stockdale Highway. The family would like to express its gratitude and thanks to the wonderful Hoffmann Hospice staff, as well as our family at Westside who helped us through this difficult time. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian from May 13 to May 14, 2012
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